I have a personal, committed, serious, and loving relationship with perfume. It started before I could even spell perfume. I got a glimpse of my mom's gorgeous collection on her vanity in my early childhood. When she wasn't paying attention or nearby, spritzing my neck and wrists with her shiny bottle of Tom Ford felt like such a treat. Fragrance is mood-boosting in many ways. In those moments, it made me feel like a lady, and today scent has such a soothing effect on me that I like to wear it to bed.
Studies show that fragrance has the power to affect your mood, reduce stress, and relax your muscles. This the state of mind I like to be in right before I hit the sheets. When I walk into the door after very, very long days, I like to do just that: leave things at the door. As a working woman living in New York city, stress and anxiety feel impossible to escape sometimes. To relieve my thoughts, I employ self-care that makes me feel good. It goes like this: make the lighting in my apartment soft and low, light every candle I own, turn on my favorite musical melody at the moment, take a shower or bath (depending on how I'm feeling), and then spritz myself with perfume.
It helps me sleep, calms my thoughts, and puts me into a more relaxed mood. I switch up the scent I wear after hours every night. I depend on sweet florals, warm vanillas, and creamy amber fragrances for my beauty sleep. Below are the ones I'm loving the most right now.
This velvety amber and vanilla fragrance will forever remain supreme as my all-time favorite bedtime scent. With top notes of vanilla, bergamot, and rose, this is the most soothing scent of all.
You know those really amazing sleep sessions that only feel right in your own bed. This creamy, vanilla, amber floral gives me that feeling times 10.
I love the contrasting notes of wild honeysuckle and fruity davana in this Jo Malone fragrance.
Heavy floral scents bring up fond memories for me. As you can imagine, the orange blossom, juniper berries, angelica, and patchouli make my pillow feel like a garden.
Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin dreamed up this fragrance, modeled after her haircare line, with France, Hawaii, and the Middle East in mind. Its fruity notes are light and airy, yet it contains just enough spice and sandalwood to take my mind off of things if I've had a chaotic day.
In the middle of the week, I'd love to be transported to a remote, private island, and that's exactly what this fragrance does for me. Thanks to its sweet and sultry blend of things like bergamot, cardamom oil orpur, pistachio accord, and more, this gives me my island fix.
This fragrance smells earthy and clean in the most natural way. Think freshly folded, warm laundry on a Sunday morning.
I'm partial to this namesake fragrance of mine for obvious reasons. Other than its personal touch, its warm, floral aroma is so elegant that I like to repurpose it as a room spray at night.
Delicately blended fragrances make falling asleep feel almost instant. This cotton and musky concoction combined with my silk sheets is addictive, to say the least.
This has a bit of white vanilla with an Italian bitter accord, blackcurrant, and rosemary. It could be how stunning this bottle is alone or its actual scent that keeps me coming back every other night.